Making an impact

Keynote: Climate Change and how Universities can make a difference.

11:00am - 12:00pm / Monday 6th June 2022
Type: Lecture / Category: Public / Series: Making an Impact 2022
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Professor Judith Petts CBE has led the development of a new set of climate commitments endorsed by 140 universities which support government aims to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035.
In this Keynote session, Prof Petts will discuss how Universities can make a difference to climate change by;
• advancing knowledge and delivering climate and sustainable development literacy and culture change
• managing their own operations and delivering institutional adaptation
• driving climate and sustainable development science and innovation,
• contributing to international collaboration and essential interdisciplinary research
• delivering and supporting local (including community), national, and international learning and action.

Prof Judith Petts CBE is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Plymouth, a post she has held since February 2016. She joined Plymouth from the University of Southampton where she had been Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise and previously the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (2010-13). Prior to this, she had spent 12 years at the University of Birmingham completing as Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Transfer (2007-10).
Over some 30 years, her research has particularly examined the interface between science and policy-making, and the effective use of evidence in decision-making. Currently she is a Director of the Heart of the South-West LEP and a Trustee of the Marine Biological Association. She is the UUK Commissioner on the Climate Commission for Higher and Further Education. Previous appointments have included as a member of the Council of BBSRC (2014-18); NERC's Innovation Board (2011-16); the Science Advisory Council of Defra (2011-16); Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (2006-11); the Council of NERC (2000-6); of EPSRC’s Societal Issues Panel and Strategic Advisory Network; the Royal Society’s Science in Society Consultative Committee; and the Advisory Board of Veolia Environmental Services.
She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours, 2012, for services to Scientific Research.